Spring 2021 Open Studio Sale features over 1,000 works from SCAD students and alumni.
Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is virtually hosting a SCAD Open Studio art sale this weekend, beginning Friday, April 30, and concluding on Sunday, May 2. The online portal features 345 student, alumni, and faculty artists, with over 1,000 jury-selected works available, including paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, and illustrations.
The semiannual event has become a destination for collectors, art enthusiasts, and interior decorators looking to find cutting-edge art and design. The limited-run event presents the opportunity to acquire works from SCAD’s accomplished network of professional artists and creatives.
“We are so excited for this spring’s Open Studio event and to invite collectors from around the world to preview and shop the best of the best from SCAD’s uber-talented students, alumni, and faculty,” says Victoria Gildersleeve, associate director of SCAD Art Sales. “The diverse range of artworks featured in this season’s Open Studio truly showcases the excellence of SCAD’s network and will appeal to all types of collectors.”
An exciting new element of this year’s event is the formation of an expert panel that will select and curate top picks from the thousands of available works. The panel consists of interior designer John Gidding, designer Ghislaine Viñas, art curators Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath, as well as contemporary artist MOJO, and their curations will be shared across SCAD’s social media platforms, including the @scadartsales Instagram channel.
The Open Studio art sale also offers a “View in Room” feature—available through the ArtCloud mobile app—that allows a simulated preview of what a work would look like inside a collector’s home.
Three Artist Highlights
To give a feel for the type of work that will be available at the SCAD Open Studio art sale, three artists are highlighted below.
Yana Dimitrova is a painter and printmaker who received a B.F.A. from SCAD in 2006, and an M.F.A. from SCAD in 2009. She uses painting “as a process of storytelling, archiving fictional and factual narratives.” The stories are meant to be shared and engaged with.
“I hope, when viewing my work, that the audience can feel that there is room for their experiences and stories in the work as well,” Dimitrova says. “I know growing up we had only one painting at home, and it was a portrait of a woman. Looking at that work all the time has given me so much more than I could describe. I would say, some kind of strength, imagination somehow was seeping through the image. I wish maybe some feeling like that for a person to take away from my work.”